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Advice on literary agent pitches or elevator pitches from Rachelle Gardener, Literary Agent.


Advice on literary agent pitches/elevator pitches from Rachelle Gardener, Literary Agent.

From her blog at Rants and Ramblings

http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/

Secrets of a Great Pitch:

http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2010/05/secrets-of-great-pitch.html

Rachelle recommends starting with a bit of context or background, then telling about the book. Start with your name and whether your work is fiction or nonfiction.

Include the following information:

  • My name is _____ and I wanted to meet with you because _____.
  • I’m writing ______ (what genre).
  • My publishing history includes _____(number of books, genres).
  • Today I want to tell you about my book called _____ .
  • This book won the _____ award (if relevant).
  • My tagline is _____ (20 words or so that capture your book).

Then go into your pitch – 2 to 3 minutes max, allowing time for the agent or editor to ask questions. Also prepare 1-minute pitch, the so-called elevator pitch.

Some guidelines:

→ Don’t try to tell the whole story. Start with the plot catalyst, the event that gets the story started.

→ Then give the set-up, i.e. what happens in the first 30 to 50 pages that drives the reader into the rest of the book. Include the pressing story question or the major story conflict.

→ Fill out your pitch with any of the following: plot elements, character information, setting, backstory, or theme. You want to include just enough information to really intrigue your listener. Note that your pitch doesn’t have to be all “plot.” If your story is more character driven, then fill out your pitch with interesting character details. If the setting is an important element, talk about that. If the backstory plays heavily, round out your pitch with that.

→ Finish by giving an idea of the climactic scenes and the story resolution.

→ Try not to tell too much of the story in the pitch. The pitch is supposed to get somebody interested, not tell the whole story. Stick to the high points, but be sure to tell enough that you don’t leave your listener confused.

→ Include only a couple of characters.

→ Include one plot thread, or two if they’re closely intertwined.

Be prepared to answer questions that could include things like:

→ How does your story end?

→ What published author’s style would you compare your writing to?

→ Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

→ Is this a series? And if so, what are the subsequent books about?

→ Have you worked with a critique group or a professional editor?

→ Have you pitched this to publishers in the past? If so, what was the response?

Rachelle says agents and editors are regular people just like us. And she emphasizes that they REALLY like chocolate.

The Elevator Pitch

http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/search/label/Elevator%20Pitches

Tell the story.   Not the character arc, not the emotional progression. She says the story is the plot–scenes with action and dialogue. It’s people going places and doing things and talking to other people. It’s characters taking action to make something happen, to change their situation, to solve a problem, to avoid danger.

In the words of her friend the Query Shark (agent Janet Reid), your pitch needs to show:

1. Who is the protagonist?

2. What choice does s/he face?

3. What are the consequences of the choice?

See some real-life pitches and Rachelle’s critiques at

http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2009/01/elevator-pitch-third-floor.html

More topics at this site include:

  • How to Title Your Book
  • Questions to Ask an Agent
  • How to Write a Book Proposal
  • How to Write a Query Letter
  • List of Writers’ Conferences
  • List of Freelance Editors

And much more . . . .



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Andrea Bocelli. The velvet voice of the angels.


Andrea Bocelli sings Besame Mucho

Blinded at 12 by congenital glaucoma, Andrea has gone on to become a singer with an international following. When he sing, he smiles and you think the closed eyes are only because he is in rapture with some inner secret.

This piece starts out with a luscious Spanish guitar, backed by a small string orchestra and quiet drum.   Andrea’s velvet voice soars over it all as he sings, “Kiss me …. like this night is the very last time.”

Melt ……………….

Bésame Mucho” is a Spanish language song written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez.

Bésame Mucho

Bésame, bésame mucho
Como si fuera esta noche
La última vez

Bésame, bésame mucho
Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte después

Bésame, bésame mucho
Como si fuera esta noche
La última vez

Bésame, bésame mucho
Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte después

Quiero tenerte muy cerca
Mirarme en tus ojos
Verte junto a mi
Piensa que tal vez mañana
Yo ya estaré lejos
Muy lejos de ti

Bésame, bésame mucho
Como si fuera esta noche
La última vez

Bésame, bésame mucho
Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte después

Bésame, bésame mucho
Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte después

Que tengo miedo a perderte
Perderte después

Kiss me, kiss me a lot,
As if tonight was
the last time.
Kiss me, kiss me a lot,
Because I fear to lose you,
To lose you later on.

Kiss me, kiss me a lot,
As if tonight was
the last time.

Kiss me, kiss me a lot,
Because I fear to lose you,
To lose you later on.

I want to have you very close
To see myself in your eyes,
To see you next to me,
Think that perhaps tomorrow
I already will be far,
very far from you.

Kiss me, kiss me a lot,
As if tonight was
the last time.

Kiss me, kiss me a lot,
Because I fear to lose you,
To lose you later on.

Kiss me, kiss me a lot,
Because I fear to lose you,
To lose you again.

Because I fear to lose you,
To lose you later on.

Seek the right answer and I don’t mean a political party.


Is true bi-partisanship possible? This quote was on the Join the Coffee Party Movement Facebook wall one day. No matter what your political views or opinion of Kennedy you might want to look at this statement closely.

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.” — John F. Kennedy

Why can’t we seem to do that anymore? I am so very tired of all the partisan, party over everything, political agendas these days. What ever happened to government of the people, by the people, for the people anyway etc.?

What would happen if everyone tried to put these statements into actions? True bi-partisanship? What a concept.

I do like what I have heard so far about the Coffee movement so far. Let’s hope this can become a viable alternative.  (I don’t like coffee though and I resent the Tea Party absconding with the name of my favorite beverage.)